With so many different travel destinations available for the choosing, it can be a bit hard to make a decision about where you’ll spend your holiday time. To celebrate 10 years of helping you travel easier, smarter and safer and accompanying you on your voyages, here is our Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World.
1. London, United Kingdom
Easily one of the most iconic travel destination in the world, there is so much to see and do in London. Being a historical, cultural and fashion capital as well as a buzzing metropolis, London offers a variety of unique experiences for all types of travellers. Major sightseeing locations include the famous Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower of London that are accessible via tours.
Art lovers will be delighted by the Tate Modern and the National Gallery, while those more interested in history will find joy in the various museums and historical sites such as the Cabinet War Rooms and the Museum of London.
And let’s not forget about all the shopping! From Harrods and Westfield shopping centre to the bustling 300-shops on Oxford Street, you can very easily spend an afternoon or entire day browsing through the expansive article catalogues of the many boutiques you will find in the city.
Forget about everything you heard about British food as well, London is packed with excellent cafes such as the Department of Coffee & Social Affairs (which now has 8 branches in London) and world-class eateries like Barrafina and Counter Culture, which will delight even the fussiest of appetite.
The best time to visit London is the European spring (March to April), when temperatures are mild and the city’s green spaces are blooming and flowering. Late spring along with summer (April to August) are also prime tourist seasons and a great time to experience everything this fabulous city has on offer.
2. Paris, France
Regarded as the most romantic destination in the world and a definite must for any travellers, the City of Light is well deserving of its nickname and its many praises.
World-famous attractions include the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and of course the Eiffel Tower (Paris’s most iconic edifice) which are all discoverable through splendid tours.
The many boutiques of the illuminated Avenue des Champs Élysées also allow one to indulge in possibly the most fantastic shopping experience there is, with all the chic fashion brands and clothing designers such as Cartier or Sephora lining up in this world-renowned avenue.
Being one of the culinary capitals of the world, there is no need to say that you will want to stop and eat in as many cafes, restaurants, brasseries and bistros as possible. There are too many renowned eateries to mention them all but you will want to experience the culinary heights of Le Jules Verne located on the south pillar of the Eiffel Tower, Le Chateaubriand and La Tour d’Argent. If you are a wine lover then you know this is also your destination, with a wide array of wine bars scattered across Paris where you will find the finest selections of French wines.
The best time to visit Paris is summer (June to August), when the weather is just about parfait (perfect) and days are long and sunny.
3. Rome, Italy
Nicknamed the Eternal City for a reason, Rome is a city alive with its past which you can experience in various ways through its beautiful architecture, art and culture. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Rome will provide you with an almost unlimited number of locations to visit and tour.
From the antique ruins of the Colosseum and the Forum to the majestic Capitoline Museum, Rome is also the location of the Vatican, a city within a city and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican houses masterpieces that you can see on tours, such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes and the St Peter’s Basilica which, with Rome itself, clearly demonstrate the importance of the artistic, architectural and cultural influence of those cities.
La Dolce Vita, or sweet life of pleasure is also definitely embodied by the lifestyle and gastronomic experiences Rome offers as well, and this is why this destination is a must if you are a food, wine and coffee lover. Chances are you will be more than delighted with the beautiful seasonal cuisine, traditional pasta dishes, Frascati wine and Cappuccino which Rome is reputed for. Although Rome is filled to the brim with exceptional restaurants and cafes, you will want to have dinner at the critically-acclaimed Antico Arco and Armando Al Pantheon restaurants (yes it is located nearby the Pantheon), and have a Cappuccino at the authentic Antico Caffè Greco or the more modern Cambiovita.
The bests times to visit Rome are the summer (June to August) where the weather is absolutely gorgeous and warm and between October to April, which is a time that will suit smaller crowds better as most the tourist traffic has dissipated by then.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
The City of a Hundred Spires is a UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is well-known for its Old Town Square, a must-see mixture of colourful baroque architecture, Gothic churches and the location of Prague’s famed medieval Astronomical Clock. Other renowned landmarks include the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral (the Gothic spiritual symbol of the Czech State) that you can discover via tours that will delight the avid sightseers and monument chasers.
This city is teeming with a diverse assortment of sophisticated wine bars, late-night cellar bars and clubs, and is hence perfect for the more nocturnal crowds who won’t help but notice how beautiful the city’s nightscape is, with its illuminated historical architecture. Acclaimed bars include Vinograf and Veltlin with their impressive spectrum of Czech wines on offer and relaxed atmosphere. If you would rather be dancing the night away to a variety of modern music styles, the M1 Lounge Bar & Club, Chapeau Rouge and Akropolis are venues to check out.
The best times to visit Prague are late spring (second half of May) and early autumn (September) when the weather is mild, but summer is also a great time to be in Prague, with warmer climates but higher tourist influx.
5. Marrakech, Morocco
Most known as being one of the major North-African economic centres, Marrakesh illustrates itself with its colourful and busy souks (traditional marketplaces where textiles, pottery and jewellery are sold) that are densely packed within the medieval walls of the Medina. As you walk through these filled alleys you will be provided with more of a spectacle than a traditional shopping experience, which makes this destination a very unique experience from the get go.
Marrakesh is home to mosques, palaces and gardens but also riad (lavish) mansions (which provide the city’s most atmospheric accommodation) and the Moorish minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque which is visible for miles. This is the city’s symbol and perfectly reflects the vast historical legacy and cultural heritage that can still be felt to this day as you walk in the busy mazes of souks. A range of customised tours can be booked for you to explore the diverse thrills this destination offers.
You will find that Marrakesh is a melting pot of tradition and modernity, which can be typically seen in the contrast between the older city and the Ville Nouvelle (New Town), where contemporary art galleries, bars and eateries flourish. Restaurants such as the Comptoir Darna, Azar Marrakech or Le Foundouk will let you appreciate the perfect balance between traditional and modern cuisine coupled with French and European influences here and there.
If you are after outdoors activities outside the city, the Palmeraie (Palm Oasis) and surrounding Agafay Desert also offer the perfect backdrops for the more adventurous travellers keen for an exotic bike or horse ride.
The best times to visit are spring (from March to May) and autumn (from October to November) with desirable weather and smaller crowds.
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
You could describe the big cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina in the same way as the dance it gave birth to. Like Tango, it is seductive, captivating and full of energy. Nonetheless, you will find that the European heritage is still very present in the city’s architecture, parks and boulevards.
This is particularly true in regards to the Plaza de Mayo, located close to the city centre and which is lined with charming 19th-century buildings such as the iconic Casa Rosada presidential palace and Teatro Colón, a magnificent 1908 opera house (ranked third best opera house in the world by National Geographic). Also located in the Plaza de Mayo is the modern MALBA museum which exhibits contemporary Latin American art and presents an interesting visual contrast in the cityscape with its more angular architecture.
Another major location in the city is the Microcentro business district, the figurative and geographical heart of Buenos Aires. As the city is Latin America’s shopping capital, the Mircrocentro is where you will want to go to if you are in need of some premium retail therapy or simply to grab lunch or dinner. Fine dining restaurants such as Cabaña Las Lilas, Puerto Cristal, Sottovoce or Happening are lining up in the Microcentro and offer a vast array of culinary experiences, but you will want to taste the Argentinian meat for sure.
There is a variety of tours and other private walks you can book that will allow you to discover Buenos Aires’ rich history and culture.
The best times to visit this bustling city is spring (September to November) when nature is blooming and autumn (March to May) with still ideal weather and temperatures.
7. San Francisco, USA
The star of the American West Coast, this city is famous for its many hills and almost year-round fog and sits on a Peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.
A city very much celebrated for its soul, it is the home of many historic buildings, natural parks and colourful Victorian houses which couples with the city’s unique culture and gives San Francisco its distinctive aura.
You will marvel at the famous Golden Gate Bridge, linking the city to vast headland state parks and recreational areas, and the iconic Transamerica Pyramid skyscraper which renders the beautiful cityscape instantly recognisable.
Nestled in the San Francisco Bay is the world-famous Alcatraz Island, once a maximum security federal penitentiary, now a National Historic Landmark is also accessible to you via tours. A range of water cruises are also available and offer the best way to take in the beautiful scenery.
San Francisco is also acclaimed for its cuisine and a variety of unique restaurants can be found throughout the city such as Gary Danko, State Bird Provisions and Kokkari which are all renowned for their avant-garde dishes and the culinary experiences they provide.
September, October and early November are the three best months to visit San Francisco, with warm and sunny days, rare rainfall and a minimum level of fog.
8. Kyoto, Japan
Once the Imperial Capital of Japan, it has been argued that Kyoto perfectly reflects the true essence of Japanese culture and tradition.
Celebrated for its abundant classic Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses, Kyoto also houses majestic castles and elegant tea-houses for you to gaze at.
The city is also well known for formal traditions such as Kaiseki dining (consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes) and Geisha (female entertainers) often found in the Gion district. A vast number of restaurants will allow you to experience Japan’s finest traditional food, including Biotei, Touzan and Omen.
Sightseers will marvel at the beautiful backdrops and traditional characteristics of Kyoto and will be elated by this essential location which you can of course visit via breathtaking tours.
The best times to visit Kyoto are in autumn (October and November) and spring (from March to May) however as the weather is temperate year-round, Kyoto is alright to visit at any time.
9. Hanoi, Vietnam
The charming and authentic Vietnamese experience that is Hanoi will enrich you with its century-old architecture and Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.
The city’s heart is dominated by the chaotic Old Quarter where you will find narrow streets arranged by trade, with many busy shops and street eateries scattered in. Many temples and pagodas populate the city alongside lakes and parks, creating stunning sceneries and really giving Hanoi its distinctive look and feel. While contemporary developments brought the city in the modern age, travellers keen to immerse themselves in the rich history of Hanoi will marvel at monuments such as the Bach Ma temple or Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, to name a few.
If you’d rather be shopping, the Đồng Xuân Market will be the place to visit and where you will find everything from household goods to enticing street food. While street food is definitely the way to go in Hanoi, you may want to sit down and relax at the various restaurants and cafes scattered in the city such as the Seasons of Hanoi, Foodshop 45 or the Essence Café Restaurant.
Of course, you will want to have a look at the unique selection of tours available for you to get the best out of your stay in Hanoi and surrounding region.
The best times to visit Hanoi are autumn (September to November) and spring (March and April) as the temperatures are milder and the weather is pleasant.
10. Queenstown, New Zealand
Sitting on the shores of South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is renowned among outdoor enthusiasts for adventure sports. Bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge, jetboating on the Shotover and Dart rivers, hiking the Southern Alps and skiing the slopes of the Remarkable and Coronet Peaks are counted among the many thrilling escapades available, along with white-water rafting and kayaking which are all offered to experience tours.
If you are after more relaxing adventures, cruising through Milford Sound (part of the Fjorland National Park World Heritage area) or exploring the region’s vineyards and sampling South Island Pinot Noir from one of the region’s 75 wineries are also popular options in Queenstown.
What’s more, Queenstown offers a selection of restaurants serving intricate and inventive cuisine that you can savour after a day of adventures. Famous eateries in Queenstown range from the fine dining restaurant Rata, the atmospheric Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar and the innovative Wakatipu Grill.
The best times to visit are summer (December to February) when days are long, sunny and prime for outdoors activities, and winter (June through to August) if you are chasing the snow and ski.